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JFK Jr. Decided to Pursue Politics and Was Trying to Save His Marriage, Says Close Friend

JFK Jr. Decided to Pursue Politics and Was Trying to Save His Marriage, Says Close Friend
Carolyn and John F. Kennedy Jr. in 1998 (JOYCE NALTCHAYAN/AFP/GEtty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 16 July 2019 12:00 PM

John F. Kennedy Jr. was determined to save his marriage. He was also planning to pursue politics before the plane crash that took his life, a close pal has revealed.

Speaking to Fox News on the 20th anniversary of John's death, Steven M. Gillon said that the son of late President John F. Kennedy had begun to show an interest in politics but was also apprehensive because of the intense media scrutiny that surrounded his strained marriage with Carolyn Bessette Kennedy.

"I think that’s one of the reasons why, when Daniel Patrick Moynihan resigned his Senate seat and that [seat] became open — that was one of the reasons why John did not go for it," Gillon explained. "He didn’t think Carolyn was ready for a campaign of that nature."

Gillon, a historian, got to know John while working as a teaching assistant at Brown University in the early 1980s. A shared interest in history and racquetball saw the two soon become close friends. John went on to major in American studies but the two stayed in contact. 

For years John had been reluctant to pursue politics but had a change of heart about a year before the fateful plane crash that killed him, his wife and her sister on July 16, 1999.

"John, who had kept politics at a distance, realized that it was in his DNA. He understood that he had something he could offer people. And I think from that point forward, it was just a matter of looking for the right opportunity," Gillon said. However, there were various factors that kept John distracted.

"He had a lot on his plate. But also, he didn't want to be a legislator — he always saw himself as an executive," Gillon told Town and Country. "Maybe he would run for governor of New York."

Around the same time, things were growing increasingly tense between John and Carolyn and the media's attention was not helping.

"The paparazzi created an environment that made it very difficult for Carolyn and she oftentimes directed a lot of her frustrations towards John," Gillon told Fox News. "So the marriage was really spiraling downward, but neither one had completely given up."

Gillon said John and Carolyn were both trying hard to work on their marriage when they were killed.

"We just don’t know how the relationship would have ended up. It was in a very difficult place, but I think both John and Carolyn both wanted to make it work."

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